OMI cadets glimpse into Coast Guard missions during Fleet Week

Coast Guard District 11 NewsSAN FRANCISCO – Thirty-four cadets from the Oakland Military Institute deployed on the the San Pedro, Calif.,-based Coast Guard Cutter George Cobb to get a taste of Coast Guard missions and to watch the Navy Blue Angels practice flights over San Francisco Bay, Thursday.

During the day-long Fleet Week cruise aboard the 175-foot buoy tender, OMI cadets toured the cutter, were shown a day in the life of the crew and watched cutter operations firsthand. Their interaction with the crew strengthened the Coast Guard’s partnership with the institute and increased an understanding of Coast Guard missions.

“I think this is an incredible experience for our kids, and I am grateful for the Coast Guard’s hospitality,” said Major John Wells, the Admissions Officer at the Oakland Military Institute, “Hopefully this exposure to the Coast Guard has some of these kids thinking about a career in this service.”

“This was a great opportunity for both parties and I hope these kids understand more about the Coast Guard and what it takes to be a part of a crew and hopefully consider this as a potential career,” said Lt. Christian Medick, commander of the Cobb.

OMI and the Coast Guard entered into a memorandum of agreement Nov. 10, 2010 allowing OMI cadets to use the Emlen Tunnel gym and recreational facilities on Coast Guard Island.

Fleet Week is a celebration of the sea services wherein more than 9,000 sailors, marines and Coast Guardsmen from visiting ships and cutters make the city a port of call. Activities during the week-long festivities include ship tours, social events and military demonstrations throughout San Francisco.

The Cobb, a Keeper Class Coastal Buoy Tender, maintains aids to navigation, search and rescue, law enforcement, migrant interdiction, marine safety inspections, environmental protection and natural resources management.

Oakland Military Institute is California’s first charter school dedicated to college preparation.

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